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(Jesus, speaking in our hearts…)
Finally, My dear ones, for the sake of the joy that lies before us, (Heb. 12:2) will you say “yes” with Me to being forged as a weapon for My Father’s work? Will you allow every moment of your life to be lived in intimacy with Me, your Bridegroom? When pain sears and you allow Me to share it with you, to lift it with Mine to the Father, you fill up what is lacking in My sufferings for the sake of My body, the Church (Col. 1:24).
You cannot see, with your limited vision, what glories your “yes” contributes to the sanctifying of the generations, both backward and forward. You cannot know fully how your “Father, forgive them, they know not what they do,” united with Mine, releases your predecessors from Purgatory, and seals off any entree dark spirits may have in your progeny. But I know. I see the entire picture. My grateful promise to you is that I will complete the good work you and I have begun (Phil. 1:6). Our work is of such urgency! “I have come to light a fire on the earth. How I wish the blaze were ignited! What anguish I feel till it is over!” (Luke 12:49). Your “yes” relieves My anguish and consoles Me eternally. Your bravery in working through the havoc caused by the destroyer rather than medicating it with avoidance allows My Redemption to penetrate the souls I died for in your family line. “All your sons shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children.”
Every purification you endure has its eternal place in “Thy kingdom come…on earth as it is in heaven.” My loved ones, keep in mind these vital words, “for the sake of the joy…” Truly, what joy lies before us! As you learn to live every moment of your life in the safety of intimacy with Me, you will develop new eyes. You will begin to recognize within yourselves and in your families, both biological and spiritual, the foundations of sapphires steadily forming, the battlements of rubies growing stronger. You will become attuned to the glow of precious stones replacing defensive walls with transparent beauty. You will see that I AM at work, though your surrender, conforming you and your beloveds to Me.
I have deliberately placed you amidst the circumstances and personalities in your life so that you can be My instrument in reversing Satan’s strongholds. “The thief comes in to kill and steal and destroy, but I come to bring life, and life to the full” (Jn.10:10). No matter the discouragement you may feel–the seeming impenetrability of a soul, whether your own or another’s – the regressing instead of progressing which can seem so real – be assured, your “yes” has ongoing power. Your one-flesh union with your spouse, whether he is with you, separated from you, or deceased creates a powerful pathway for My Kingdom to come in his life, whether you see evidence of this or not. Your prayer-filled umbilical cord to your children carries My very life. I see the desires of your heart for your family. Your “yes” to stand in the breach with Me, your absolute trust that I know what I am about in your life and the lives of your loved ones, quickens My completion of all you intuit as so incomplete and wanting. No matter what you experience at any given moment, I operate beneath the obvious. I am laying your pavements in carnelians.
I pray, my dear ones, that you hear these words of my prophet Isaiah with new ears, and that their mighty promise settle in your hearts:
“This…is the fasting that I wish: releasing those bound unjustly, untying the thongs of the yoke, setting free the oppressed, breaking every yoke…
Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your wound shall quickly be healed; your vindication shall go before you, and the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.
Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer, you shall cry for help, and he will say ‘Here I am!’
If you remove from your midst oppression, false accusation and malicious speech; If you bestow your bread on the hungry and satisfy the afflicted;
Then light shall rise for you in the darkness, and the gloom shall become for you like midday;
Then the lord will guide you always and give you plenty even on the parched land.
He will renew your strength and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring whose water never fails.
The ancient ruins shall be rebuilt for your sake, and the foundations from ages past you shall raise up; ‘Repairer of the breach,’ they shall call you, ‘Restorer of ruined homesteads.'” (Is. 58:6-12)
Jesus, what honor you give me–the ancient ruins rebuilt for my sake! What dignity, as repairer of the breach! What place, as the restorer of ruined homesteads! What bread to bestow on the hungry! What Easter life You yearn to live in me!
Through You, with You, in You…I say “yes.” Accomplish Your full work through me, with me, in me, Your bride. Spouses are never apart, but always one. May our oneness in the Eucharist strengthen me.
Dear, tender Mother Mary and dear, faithful St. Joseph, allow the homestead of perfect love you provided your Son to be my interior homestead. Intercede for me, that I may take my part, as you did with Jesus, in raising up the foundations from ages past so that His Kingdom may come.
Copyright 2021, Bonnie West